This is the final part of three posts
on how you can help your child’s learning over the summer.
The first post was about 1. How to help your child with Reading
the second was about 2. How to help your child with Maths
This last one is ‘the honours course’
and is about how you can help
your child’s ‘higher level learning’ using Bloom’s Taxonomy.
Bloom’s Taxonomy is
a hierarchy of levels at which we learn.
There are a list questions
you can make use of
to develop your child’s thinking.
You can ask your child these questions,
about their reading or just when talking to them.
This list of questions begin with ones
you have already been asking your child
when working on their reading comprehension;
who? when? what? and where?
However you will see from these links
that the list goes on, the questions get more complex
so for example;
you are asking your child ‘to compare’ or ‘evaluate’.
You might like to download this chart
(from Enokson on Flickr)
and stick it up on the fridge as a reminder
of these questions.
To be asking questions like this
may seem artificial at first
but as time goes on asking
the ‘higher order questions’
will come as second nature to you
and will benefit your child’s
‘higher order thinking’.
After extensive practice at this level,
the next step in using Bloom’s Taxonomy
would be to encourage your child to ask the questions
and to encourage them to
move from the ‘lower order’ questions;
who? where? how? and when?
to the higher order ones.
I am hoping to do a short course about this
this later in the summer,
and will post again then.
In the meantime, these links are informative.